Chapter 1. Introduction

This chapter introduces the Total Performance Storage System Manager (TPSSM) software, and provides information about hardware, software, and operating system requirements for the installation.

Note: Please review the README file on the CD-ROM for the latest information, updates, supported configuration changes, and bug fixes.

TPSSM is a Java-based application for SGI InfiniteStorage TP9300, SGI InfiniteStorage TP9400 and SGI InfiniteStorage TP9500 RAID subsystems. It provides a graphical interface for configuring and monitoring the RAID hardware subsystem.

About the Storage Management Software

The storage management software is composed of the following components:

The Client Software

The TPSSM GUI client provides the graphical user interface for managing storage arrays. It features the following components:

  • Enterprise Management window — Used to add, remove, and monitor storage arrays within the management domain.

  • Array Management window — Used to manage the various components of an individual storage array.

The TPSSM CLI client provides the command line interface for managing storage arrays.

The TPSSM Event monitor is packaged with TPSSM client software. It monitors storage arrays and handles error notification through e-mail or SNMP traps when the storage array management software is not actively running on the storage management station or host.

The Host-Agent Software

The TPSSM agent lets you manage Storage Arrays through the host's Fibre Channel connection. This is described in “Storage Array Management Methods” in Chapter 2.

The Host-Util Software

The TPSSM device's utility lets you associate Storage Array volumes with operating system device names. This is described in “Identifying Volumes by Operating System Device Names” in Chapter 4.

The Runtime Software

The TPSSM runtime provides the JAVA runtime environment, which is required in order to use the storage management software.

Software Component Installation Requirements

Table 1-1 lists the hardware required for installing the storage management software components.

Table 1-1. Hardware Requirements for Software Components

Software Component

Hardware Requirement


TPSSM Client

- Management station
- Host

Management stations:

- If you install the client software on one or more management stations, you can use the direct managed method, the host-agent managed method, or a combination of both.

- If you install the client software on the host and only plan to manage the Storage Arrays connected to this host via the I/O (Fibre Channel) path, you do not need to connect to the network if the host-agent software is installed.
- You must assign a static IP address to the host.


- Host

Install the host-agent software if you will be managing the Storage Arrays with the agent software.


- Host

The host-util software includes the TPSSM devices utility, which you use to associate volumes with operating system device names.

TPSSM Runtime

- Management station
- Host

Installation of the runtime software is a prerequisite to install TPSSM Client, Agent, and Util.

Figure 1-1 shows an example of a typical Storage Array configuration.

Figure 1-1. Typical Storage Management Configuration

Typical Storage Management Configuration

System Requirements

This section provides information on the hardware, software, and operating system requirements for TPSSM.

Table 1-2 lists the permissions, disk space, and operating system requirements for installing TPSSM.

Table 1-2. Operating System Requirements




Root (superuser) level permissions are required to install the client software and the host-agent software

Operating system

See the README file located on CD-ROM

Table 1-3 lists the hardware required for installing TPSSM.

Table 1-3. Hardware Requirements

Hardware Component


Storage Arrays

Storage Arrays with controllers running firmware version or later. Storage Arrays with firmware will not be manageable unless the firmware is updated to or you are using an earlier version of TPSSM.

Management station or host
(for client software)

See the README file located on CD-ROM.

Host OS

See the README file located on CD-ROM.